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Effective Academic Writing

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This course develops the skills used in writing applied research papers for a university-level audience. Students will write position papers, persuasive essays, and case study analyses. Students will study classical rhetorical concepts of authority and the Toulmin method of argument analysis, and will evaluate outside sources for objectivity and utility in constructing persuasive arguments. Students practice giving peer feedback, revising essays in response to feedback, and writing collaboratively as Learning Teams. The course reviews the elements of grammar, mechanics, style, and proper documentation of outside sources.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Principles of Authority and Argumentation

    • Apply these concepts of authority and argument, as well as general principles of critical thinking, in writing academic essays and case study analyses.
    • Define classical rhetorical concepts of authority (ethos, pathos, and logos), and identify their use in published essays.
    • Define the terms in the Toulmin model of argument analysis (claim, warrant, support, qualifier, backing, and rebuttal) and apply this model to analyze the arguments contained in published essays.

    Research and Supporting Evidence

    • Evaluate the relevance, reliability, and objectivity of sources.
    • Identify what makes sources effective support for specific topics.
    • Demonstrate the ability to support ideas with appropriate evidence.

    Collaborative Writing

    • Use peer editing methods to produce clear and concise writing.
    • Transform written material into an integrated learning team presentation designed for effective visual and oral presentation.
    • Integrate various writers' work into one cohesive document.

    Documentation, Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics

    • Apply the rules of English sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, style, and usage in written documents.
    • Apply the rules of APA style to written research papers, using appropriate methods to summarize, paraphrase, quote, cite, and reference sources.

    Argument Analysis and Persuasive Writing

    • Interpret data for use in writing, and identify how that data is shaped by the genre and/or format in which it is presented.
    • Analyze how professional writers organize their arguments and supporting material for maximum persuasive effect.
    • Apply these principles of organization and presentation to shape a persuasive academic essay.
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